Westmorland Way

Westmorland Way

The Westmorland Way is a fantastic 152km hike across the old county of Westmorland.

The route takes you beneath the Pennines, through the Lake District and on to Morecombe Bay. Beginning at Appleby-in-Westmorland this long distance path weaves a wonderful route through the Lake District National Park, including Patterdale, Grasmere and Elterwater to finish at Arnside.

Discover delightful villages such as Askham, Beetham, Great Asby and Hartsop (photo); walk the beautiful lakeshore of Ullswater and the banks of the rivers Eden and Lowther, Brathay and Kent. From mountain pass to canal towpath, this is a walk of unparalleled variety where you will discover Roman roads and forts, castles, an abbey, peel towers and ancient churches and bridges.

Although Westmorland was abolished as a county in 1974, its name lives on in the heritage of the area and in this outstanding walk. Old Westmorland's mountainous borders have protected it throughout history, resulting today in one of England's most unspoilt and scenic areas. Walking the Westmorland Way allows you to experience this beauty at first hand. The recommended itinerary for this walk is a 7 day hike with overnight stops at Shap, Pooley Bridge, Patterdale, Grasmere, Troutbeck, Kendal and Arnside at the end of the walk. All of these locations have a choice of accommodation with varying degrees of luxury.

StartFinishDistance
day 1ApplebyShap17m, 27km
day 2ShapPooley Bridge14m, 23km
day 3Pooley BridgePatterdale12m, 19km
day 4PatterdaleGrasmere9m, 14km
day 5GrasmereTroutbeck11m, 18km
day 6TroutbeckKendal15m, 24km
day 7KendalArnside17m, 27km
Total95m, 152km

Route information, maps, distances and itineraries are for general information only and should not be relied on for navigation.

All routes